Frank Gimlet: Colorado's Snow Warden

Prospector Frank Gimlet took his duties as unofficial caretaker of Colorado’s mountains very seriously. Tourists recalled the last resident of the Arbourville ghost town, in Chaffee County, for his colorful stories about Colorado’s early mining days.  In the 1940s the prospector pressured President Franklin Roosevelt to name two local mountain peaks the “Ginger Peaks,” after his favorite movie star, Ginger Rogers (Roosevelt expressed his appreciation of Rogers, but declined to rename the mountains). Gimlet billed the United States government $50,000 for keeping watch over local snowfields. After all, he claimed, no one had stolen even a single shovelful of snow on his watch. Photo History Colorado, 10049037.

 

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